STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Louisiana lawmakers back bill to widen state's drug courts

Photo courtesy of MGN Online

Louisiana will seek to expand its specialized drug courts using the proceeds from opioid-related lawsuits under a measure that received final passage from lawmakers.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 11:33 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will seek to expand its specialized drug courts using the proceeds from opioid-related lawsuits under a measure that received final passage from lawmakers.

The bill from Republican Sen. Rick Ward won unanimous support in the House and the Senate to head to the governor’s desk. The legislation creates a drug and specialty court fund in the state treasury to deposit money recovered from litigation against or settlements involving the opioid industry.

Those dollars will be used to expand drug courts across Louisiana that offer people substance abuse treatment options and heavy supervision as an alternative to jail time. The measure was backed by Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Lafayette
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 59°
New Iberia
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 58°
Ville Platte
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 59°
Abbeville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 56°
Crowley
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 59°
St. Martinville
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 58°
Opelousas
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 59°
Tracking the next cold front

Latest Video

Image

Try The King Cake Cheesecake, A Unique Twist on a Classic Carnival Staple

Image

Tax Tips: Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines! Find Out Which Ones Are Coming Up!

Image

Deadly Coronavirus trend

Image

Is panhandling constiutional?

Image

Comparing seasonal flu and Covid-19

Image

Sunny and Cool Afternoon

Image

LUS FIBER EXPANSION

Image

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRICES

Image

Tracking rollercoaster temps

Image

A Cold Night Ahead

Community Events